Current graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. include:
Christopher Austin is a 5th year I/O Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research attempts to integrate two commonly separate areas of I/O research, utilizing topics from both the diversity and occupational health and safety sub-disciplines. His current research centers on threats to occupational health and safety among vulnerable populations (primarily focusing on minority workers). Furthermore, his research also focuses on how the maintenance of a stigmatized identity (i.e. concealable, visibly dynamic, and fully visible stigmas) influences perceptions of and reactions to economic stress and job insecurity (i.e. threatening worker’s health and safety).
Lindsey M. Lavaysse is a 5th year graduate student of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research focuses on threats to occupational health and safety among vulnerable populations (e.g. pregnant, minority, contingent workers). She is also interested in outcomes of economic stress such as job insecurity, as well as how stereotypes and prejudice jeopardize workers’ health and safety. Her applied work focuses on executive coaching. Specifically, her work includes 360° feedback reports, creation of board of directors talent profiles and succession planning.
Sean Rice is a 5th year Experimental Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research focuses on applying advanced statistical techniques to evaluate measurement equivalence across cultural contexts, over time, and other sub-groups. His interests also include applying psychometrics to positive psychological research, such as assessing the various scales, measurement models, and structural pathways of well-being.
Erica L. Bettac is a 4th year Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research interests encompass the occupational health-related areas of work/life and work/family balance, employee well-being, and performance. Specifically, she is interested in the interaction between these constructs and cross-cultural research, particularly focusing upon countries with differing health care systems and working cultures, as well as among individuals in alternative working arrangements (i.e., self-employment).
Melissa R. Jenkins, M.S. is a 4th year Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research centers around examining the role that an organizational climate of inclusion plays in how economic stressors, such as job insecurity or underemployment, impact employee work and health-related outcomes. As a lover of statistics, Melissa has also been teaching or assisting with teaching introductory statistics for nearly five years. When she’s is not working on research or teaching, Melissa can be found outside enjoying the local arts and culture in the picturesque Pacific Northwest.
Andrea Bazzoli is a 2nd year experimental psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. His research interests include job insecurity, safety and proactivity in organizations, and statistics. By using a mix of advanced statistical techniques and qualitative research tools, Andrea’s research attempts to understand the subjective experience of feeling job insecure (e.g., cognitive appraisals, job identity correlates, etc.), the multilevel implications of safety climate in organizations, and the determinants of safety proactivity.
Hyun Jung Lee is a 2nd year experimental psychology graduate student at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research focuses on family-friendly policies, work-family balance, economic stressors, workers’ mental health, and work performances. In particular, she is interested in finding underlying mechanisms for the use of family-friendly policies on the employee’s work and family balance and various work outcomes depending on cultural, gender, and family contexts.
Graduates of my research lab have gone on to become successful academicians, scientists and practitioners. Below lists their first position upon graduation.
|Student||Year of Graduation||Position|
|Nicole Nelson||2001, Ph.D.||Researcher, Federal Aviation Administration|
|Jeremiah Brown||2007, M.S.||Recruitment Consultant, Legacy Health Systems|
|Maja Graso||2011, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor, Zayed University (Dubai)|
|Wendi Benson||2013, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor, Nevada State College|
|Lixin Jiang||2013, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh|
|Jesse Byrd||2016, M.S.||Occupational Health Research Psychologist, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP), WA State Department of Labor and Industries|
|Nicholas J. Gailey||2016, M.S.||In Memoriam 1983-2018|
|Jason Potwora||2017, Ph.D.||People Analytics, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories|